Leslie van der Merwe’s recipe book, “Everyday Venison,” was crowned the Best Game Meat Cook Book in the World at the esteemed Gourmand Awards Ceremony.


The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, an institution founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, recognizes exceptional food and wine culture literature. This year’s competition assessed over 100,000 books and publications from 230 countries, for the 130 categories.


In response to the exponential growth in the popularity of game meat recipe books, the organizers introduced a new category this year, dedicated to honoring this burgeoning genre. “Everyday Venison” emerged victorious, triumphing over a competitive lineup that featured remarkable entries from France, Germany, and New Zealand.